Having worked for the company for 23 years, joining in 1989, Arthur has become an extremely well-known and respected figure within the industry. His impending retirement will bring to a close an impressive 48 year career.
Arthur began his career as an apprentice in Darlington in 1964 at United Automobile Services. He worked there for eight years as an electrician and in an Area role. In 1973 Arthur relocated to Plaxton in Scarborough, where he still lives today.
Whilst establishing his family, Arthur worked as an electrician on the production line and then subsequently in production engineering for Plaxton. He then moved into sales including a 12 month spell in London, before returning to Scarborough.
In 1989 when Volvo bought Leyland, Arthur became part of a four strong Aftermarket sales team at VL Bus and Coach alongside the late Norman McIlwraith. Arthur established himself as reliable and knowledgeable part of the team.
Arthur has become a key member of the Volvo Bus team, firstly under Steve Dewhurst and for the last four years under Phil Owen.
Announcing his retirement, Arthur Argyle said, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Volvo Bus and my career as a whole. A particular highlight in recent years has been the great strides we’ve made, alongside our partners at Wrightbus, in establishing a good presence and selling vehicles into Municipal operators such as Blazefield, Warringtons, Isle of Man Transport, Blackpool Transport and Rossendale Transport.
I’m certainly not planning any kind of slow down for my retirement – I’m a DIY fanatic and I’m already lining up the jobs. I’m a keen cyclist, so I want to get out on my bike as much as possible. I also hope to travel to New Zealand and of course I’ve got five Grandchildren to keep me busy.”
Commenting on the announcement, Volvo Buses UK MD Steve Dewhurst said, “Arthur has been a fantastic servant to the business and his experience and professionalism will be greatly missed. Amongst other things, he has been a central figure in the company’s sales successes over the last 23 years and I am sure that everyone, not only from the Volvo family, but from the wider industry will wish him well in his retirement.”
Dan Barwick, a recent Volvo Bus recruit from Scania, will take over full responsibility for the regional customers in Arthur’s geographical sales region of the North of England.
25 June 2012
Caption for image: Loyal Volvo stalwart and Regional Commercial Manager, Arthur Argyle is to retire from Volvo Bus.